BP fuels SimCity Societies

It's no secret that the oil industry has a less-than-sterling public image. BP Alternative Energy, a branch of UK-based oil titan BP, is hoping to help change that perception by collaborating with Electronic Arts on its virtual-world builder SimCity Societies, which will be released for PCs on...

It's no secret that the oil industry has a less-than-sterling public image. BP Alternative Energy, a branch of UK-based oil titan BP, is hoping to help change that perception by collaborating with Electronic Arts on its virtual-world builder SimCity Societies, which will be released for PCs on November 15 in North America and Europe.

The BP-EA collaboration will focus on the traditional crux of the SimCity franchise: money management. Players will be able to choose from a variety of energy sources while building their cities, but the cheaper resources will also produce the most carbon dioxide. City builders will have to keep an eye on the global-warming-inducing gas as their metropolises expand,because natural disasters will become more likely if the gas reaches a certain level.

Gamers will also have the option of spending their limited cash on more expensive options, such as hydrogen and natural gas energy plants. However, these plants will produce less energy than their cheaper, more pollutive alternatives. The game will also include power-production and energy-conservation facts that provide real-world and virtual tips on the global-warming threat.

As noted in GameSpot's recent coverage, the Tilted Mill-developed game offers a significantly different experience than its Maxis-created predecessors. The game has not yet been rated or priced.

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Micooliscool
Micooliscool

This sim city game is going to be the best one yet! Global warming, making horror, romantic, fun, creative cities all adds to the realism. There is only a couple of things im worried about, is there going to be trains? Is there U-drive it missions? Is there going to be just a main and dirt road? Im still getting this game no matter what!

aransom
aransom

This doesn't want to make me play this game more, but it's not suprising. The Sim City franchise has always had environmental propoganda, they're just making it more blatant.

bill636
bill636

An EA-BP tag team! Its the stuff nightmares are made of. "CO2 IS ACTUALLY GOOD FOR THE ATMOSPHERE!!" "WE REALLY VALUE OUR CUSTOMERS!!"

Shegevara
Shegevara

Let it be global warming in this game cause it sucks enough that i'm not even trying it. But for hell if there comes simcity 5 or whatever next from MAXIS (i hope) let's forget human made global warming.

Kerflunk
Kerflunk

Phwoar, MORE realistic factors to add? I really can't wait for this to come out Bugger off all you moaners - "Ohhh, I'm going to miss the old simcity" get over you big 50-year-old emos.

toxxygen
toxxygen

Darth_Tyrannus and Rayze78, before you go on your lives taking in oil companies' press releases as gospel, try Googling - carbon cycle human disruption global warming - Thanks. I don't think there's a "left-wing" or a "right-wing" bias or agenda to an issue such as global warming, but there is a corporatist agenda. Meh, there is no point arguing on the intraweb, but I assume that you, Darth, are searching for the truth when you taunted wiredscotty to "refute" "the evidence...presented thus far". Well, the only way to reach this truth is to let go of your middle school physical science lessons and maybe learn what the definition of a "Theory" is... Anyways, I was sort of hoping the next iteration of SImcity is going to be more-or-less an expansion set to Simcity 4, with more transit options, more building types and maybe integrate "Societal Energies" into it, so there are more to SIMulate with. But this turns into something that I don't look forward to in the Simcity Franchise and I really hope they do make Simctiy 5. I might not buy this, but I'll see after I get to play the trial. (If there's one O.O)

WiltedView
WiltedView

Wow EA really enjoys squeezing every dollar from the Maxis Franchises.

Darth_Tyrranus
Darth_Tyrranus

far2toxic. As you said yourself, Simcity is a city building simulation, meaning it imitates real life city building. Since it has not been proven that global warming is caused by humans, it makes littles sense to add this element into the game.

far2toxic
far2toxic

I don't know why there's a lot of negativity about having a 'global warming' model within the engine of the game. I personally feel it adds a useful dynamic and have already preordered it. Can't wait!!! If you look at it objectively, it's a city building sim and the more angles that can be added the more we'll get from it. If you want easy, get Caesar IV.

Darth_Tyrranus
Darth_Tyrranus

You just don't learn, do you, wiredscotty? Have you even read the other Gamespot user's posts? You haven't even begun to try to refute them, but instead have resorted to even more ridiculous sarcasm. Please stop this preposterous charade. It isn't funny. It isn't cute. It's just plain stupid. If you really want to prove your point, why don't you start by attempting to disprove the evidence that has been presented thus far?

wiredscotty
wiredscotty

Who's being sarcastic? I'm serious! It's all a left wing plot to make sure people don't make as much money as they should! Why else would they be concerned? Stupid liberals. I bet they think that particles and exhaust don't just disappear either. Feh.

wiredscotty
wiredscotty

My sarcasm is pathetic. Me sad. Me prove nothing. Me prove THEORY of gravity. Car exhaust disappear magically. Me sorry.

Lyndy62
Lyndy62

Anything that adds to the realism and complexity of the game works for me. My fear for SCS has been that it will be overly simplified. This in my opinion would add to the game, not detract.

Darth_Tyrranus
Darth_Tyrranus

wiredscotty, you obviously don't read very well. Why don't you read my post first, and then try your pathetic sarcasm? Or even better, why don't you actually try giving us proof asserting your position?

-T_F_U-
-T_F_U-

An easy way for a company like BP to look like they care about the environment while doing nothing productive to help.

wiredscotty
wiredscotty

I agree. What a croc. Stupid "Science" in games. How dare they? All this left winged nutiness. I'm perfectly fine risking my grandkids lives on the off chance that global warming may actually be occurring. As long as oil companies don't lose a buck! I'll naysay global warming to my grave!

tclvis
tclvis

There are ads all over sports games. Tomb Raider drives a Ducati. Every college bowl game has a corporate sponsor (and they don't belong there any more than they do the Olympics). So, as much as we can revile EA for certain industry tactics, putting ads in games is really nothing new, not for EA and not for game publishing. It's a double-edged sword; if they can use corporate sponsorship to defray some of the costs of development, then game costs won't rise as fast, which is good for us--as long as the corporate element doesn't dictate development, creating a new genre of crappy games. We'll see...

rvm444
rvm444

Hey thanks for completely screwing with the base formula of one of my favorite gaming franchises of all time and turning it into a propaganda piece at the same time. Really. Thanks.

Poshkidney
Poshkidney

they're getting the word around but they arn't doing a thing to tackle it are they well they are an oil company.

josephmadde2005
josephmadde2005

Gee I wonder if it will inform you that the Ocean produces tons more carbon per year then all the cars in the world combined? Or how that there is warming on all the planets in our solar system(Yeah without SUV's)? Or how that NASA has announced repeatedly that the Sun itself is warming and that it is perfectly normal? Or how that trees cannot exist in an enviroment without carbon, and will thrive with more carbon? And since trees produce oxygen we breath this is a good thing.

rovaira
rovaira

By the way, for those of you who don't know.. There is hope. I found out there is a game like Sim City 4 coming out next year it's Cities Unlimited, it looks awesome and with transportation.

rovaira
rovaira

Don't worry.. Just build the BP plant, add no transportation and everything should blow up even if you take out the BP Plant. I guess this just makes sure that everything blows up. Lol.

Rayze78
Rayze78

I have to say I am quite impressed with most of you. I thought after reading this there would be tons of messages supporting global warming. But I see a lot of people against it, which is great! Dont fall victim to the liberal propaganda of global warming.

SergeStorms
SergeStorms

Sweet. I heard EA will have power ups of McDonalds Cheeseburgers in Mass Effect. Its a brave new world.

kca89
kca89

This is funny. EA is supposedly doing this with BP to promote how bad global warming is yet the article clearly states that choosing the cleaner alternatives in the game produces less energy for your city. Yeah... that really promotes fighting climate change. It seems more like BP is trying to secretly support its own agenda by saying hey we might pollute but you get more energy.

Salvaticus
Salvaticus

Isn't this kind of like placing a convicted serial killer into Sim City as a "crime advisor?" I mean, he helped make things terrible in the first place, right... so who better to understand exactly what's wrong? I don't buy BP's Pseudo-environmental BS. I don't buy into the spirit of this fake, dumbed-down Sim City rip-off.

Darth_Tyrranus
Darth_Tyrranus

Wow. That's one way to ruin a Simcity game. People just don't understand that power plants and automobiles don't contribute enough towards global warming to warrant attention. In fact, it has been shown that the biggest human contribution to global warming is cows farting. The truth of the matter is, yes, global warming is happening, but there is an incredible lack of evidence showing that it caused by man, and not a natural cycle. Even water is a greenhouse gas constituent. I think the fact that EA would implement an unproven hypothesis into this game (which for the most part, is intended to be realistic) is sad.

RLJSlick
RLJSlick

This game has become a joke even before it comes out. Again EA is thinking about profits and little on a good solid game for gamers!!! Forget it, I will stick with SimCity 4

ValuJet
ValuJet

The saddest thing about this is somehow global warming became political. It isn't. It is happening and it is gonna be bad for just about everyone, but since it isn't bad now I guess that means we don't have to do anything.

StefanVonS
StefanVonS

I'm Al Gore and I approve this malarkey

puffa469
puffa469

Heres what I got out of this story... EA to fill new Sim City game with oil company advertisements.

talshiarr
talshiarr

Absolutely hilarious...I guess this is supposed to make up for the total lack of transit options besides fossil-fuel burning cars and buses. After all it's not like adding more transit options was at the top of almost everyone's list of things to see in future Sim City games. RIGHT, MAXIS? Next time you peddle out development to third parties, send along peoples' wishlists as well. I doubt this was anywhere on them. Besides, Algore would probably still be a little peeved that there's no option to force the Sims to drive only hybrids in the game.

jaguarfxf2
jaguarfxf2

They can't prove that we are changing temps since temps have cooled and warmed countless times before. BTW there used to be farms in Greenland...the place thats covered with snow and ice now... I just don't want a game trying indoctrinate me...I get enough of that in college

Rockman_00X
Rockman_00X

Instead of being put into games, maybe BP should actually spend that money on developing cleaner energy in the real world, and make the real world, not a virtual one, a better place to live. Way to crap out a good series EA.

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

I don't think partnering with EA will bolster your image much.

Gruug
Gruug

Wasn't planning on buying SCS regardless. Although I have no problem with BP in particular, I do with EA. However, I also have a problem with companies that are trying to exploit a non-proven theroy such as global warming. Just one more reason NOT to buy this game. I hate being preached to by the neo-evironmentalist-religious-nutcases.

Rayze78
Rayze78

Oh come on! Its not bad enough that we hear about the THEORY of global warming, now its in a game? Since they were worried about global cooling in the 70's, after 30 years game time can you research global cooling there too? I hope it ends up being a very small part of the game, because I am sick of liberal left wing agendas.

mwa
mwa

meh. i'll wait till i see the reviews

Canitbe
Canitbe

[quote]Gamers will also have the option of spending their limited cash on more expensive options, such as hydrogen and natural gas energy plants. However, these plants will produce less energy than their cheaper, more pollutive alternatives. [/quote] How is this new? As someone who has played all of the 'sim' games from the days of the original simcity on my 286, this has been a staple of power management for a long time. Then again, to all the newcomers, I guess it could, uh, seem new.

bob_harris
bob_harris

It's not product placement, it's a feable attempt to re-educate a bunch of soft minded lemmings that OIL IS GOOD! IT ISN'T BAD! DON'T LOOK FOR ALTERNATIVES! YOU'LL ONLY FOOL YOURSELF! THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS GLOBAL WARMING! SCIENCE IS WRONG! I'm still going to buy the game...

DonutTrooper
DonutTrooper

Doesn't really sound like a bad game, but SimCity lost me after 4.

redfox66
redfox66

They will have you drinking the oil in game to make you fast,stronger, harder, BETTER!!!!

tealmantis793
tealmantis793

If fans didn't have a problem with space junk and UFO attacks, they can handle the sun burning their sims alive....

Warfust
Warfust

Interesting, I wonder how many "in game" adds will be included.

tmatte
tmatte

Guys its called SIM city. If you don't want to deal with politics, then don't get a game where you have to rule a city. And pollution has always been a part of Sim City. They're just expanding on the idea. I don't like the idea either, but I don't think something this minor will "kill the series".

RedElf
RedElf

Now if they could just get Al Gore on the cover....

jaguarfxf2
jaguarfxf2

All my friends and I who used to like sim city are really disapointed by this game. A huge let down for the franchise.

jaguarfxf2
jaguarfxf2

Why do we have to add politics to games? It's the only place we can get away from it.